Hostal La Vera

21 Calle de La Magdalena, Madrid, 28012, Spain
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looking for a good artist material shop ?

by aquilaqb


I am still in planning of my trip to Madrid and since I like to buy artist materials locally to paint I wonder if you can help me find the best stores in Madrid?

I am looking for "real" artist shops where one can buy paint, paper, brushes &c not the necesarly the kind grandmama goes fo her bricolage supplies... you know the kind there arts student might go ;)

thanks in advance

ps. on an unrelated question.. also wonder if I take a train say with a maximum of 2 hours ride which towns around Madrid should I travel to for best "must see while in spain" stuff? Saragosa maybe? any other suggestions ???



Re: looking for a good artist material shop ?

by Belsaita

I'm afraid El Corte Inglés is too 'gradma' for Guy ;o))

Some places you might check:

Santa Engracia, 158
28003 Madrid
Tel: (0034) 91 533 34 46

C / Rios Rosas 30
28003 Madrid
91 4419476

Pza. de San Ildefonso, 4
28004 Madrid
(this one is more focused in special papers, but they have other art materials as well)

Regarding side trips, Zaragoza is a good option, but definitely is up to you, what do you like? what you want to do? How many time there? There are so many 'must sees' 2-hours or less away from Madrid... Segovia, Salamanca, Toledo, Cáceres, Sevilla... just to name a few in no particular order and just speaking about 'major' cities

Re: looking for a good artist material shop ?

by mollymoo0oo0

I have no idea how long your trip will last, but if I had to choose only one place to visit within 2 hours travelling from Madrid it would have to be Segovia. I imagine it would be a fantastic painting opportunity for you too, with the lay of the land.

Accessible by (slow!) train in 2 hours or coach in even less I believe, it's a mystical medieval town with narrow cobbled streets and plenty to explore. There's an enormous aqueduct, quite appropriately with a tourist office to the side where the staff will offer you all the info on the popular sights. Personally, I most enjoyed the feel of wandering around and looking at the buildings, entering bars with wooden stairs so wonky with age that you nearly fall off them, and savouring the flavour of the local sweet, ponche (see my tips for more info!)

A lovely day trip out of the city, but watch out that you check your return time on the train - after a certain time they only run once every 2 hours!

Enjoy your trip :)

Re: looking for a good artist material shop ?

by aquilaqb

thanks to all.. much appreciated info. I'll stay in madrid 10 days
hope it's not too hot ;)


Re: looking for a good artist material shop ?

by mollymoo0oo0

well the temperature depends a lot on when you're planning to visit.... if it's sometime soon, you should know it's certainly *not* hot at the moment, and we even had a day of snow a couple of weeks ago!

February is generally quite cold too, then March/April can sometimes bring the sporadic but heavy downpours of rain. The real heat kicks in around June or just before and August is renowned for it's quite unbearable heat!

Hope that helps,

Travel Tips for Madrid

Paying the Price for Convenience

by surferob

There's only one thing I don't like about the Metro system - the fact that it's underground. I much prefer to travel above ground, to see the different neighborhoods flying past, to voyeuristically take the pulse of daily life of those who don't rise and fall to the beat of tourist footsteps. To go underground is to be denied this show, which is a shame.

On the other hand, I appreciate engineering marvels of all types and the metros and subways of big cities have to be put right up there with some of the greatest of all time. What a brilliant system, truly. So in short, use the Metro. It just makes sense.

If you arrive at the airport in Madrid, ask for directions to the Metro. The help desk will make it sound like it's a long walk, that's cause it kinda is. It's about a 10 minute walk through the terminal on the upper level. Don't worry, just follow the signs and you can't miss it.

And don't mess around with single tickets. Right when you arrive by a packet of 10, the savings make it worthwhile even if you somehow don't end up using them all, which you most likely will anyway.

Churros y Chocolate

by acemj

After a long night of tapas hopping, Madrilenos often will stop for some churros (like a long doughnut) dipped in a thick chocolate milk type concoction. There's a great place off of San Gines that's worth a stop. Here's a shot of my friend Andrew tasting his first churro.


by barryg23

Toledo is good choice for a day or overnight trip from Madrid. It's located about 70km south of Madrid and the best way to get there is by train. There are frequent fast trains from Atocha station which take about 40 minutes.

Toledo was once the capital of Spain and has a good collection of Jewish, Christian and Moorish buildings and monuments. Despite all the visitors it receives, it's always possible to find quiet areas in the old part of the town, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.

Toledo was home to El Greco for many years and some of his paintings can be seen in churches and museums around the city.

Discount Shopping

by piccolita about Zara Lefties

This is where Zara dumps all their previous season stuff, or damaged goods. I'm not kidding, you will find damaged goods here being sold, so please beware. Check each garment carefully before buying it. They also sell current season stuff from their basic line, like tees, tanks for summer or sweaters and coats for winter. If you are patient, you will find a lot! Bargain items, for example I bought a simple but elegant below the knee black winter coat for 11.99 euros. So cheap! It looked like 99 euros, i swear! not much

Last stop . . .

by acemj about Cafe del Nuncio

Finally, we made it to this place and most of us ordered some variety of coffee realizing that this long night was coming to an end soon. It was pretty late and we were all starting to get pretty goofy talking about the best looking male and female celebrities and other important matters like that. This place was great to just wind down and relax. They were playing laid back music and the atmosphere is warm and comfortable.


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